THE DAVAO CITY WATERSHED CODE IN ACTION
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed a report that banana plantations are posing threats to watershed areas, saying that the Davao City Watershed Protection, Conservation and Management Ordinance is in place to watch out for environmental violators.
The landmark ordinance, authored by then city councilor Arnolfo Cabling and approved in 2007 by the Davao City Council, set regulations in the city’s watershed areas comprising about 32,000 hectares located in the Third District.
The ordinance popularly called the Watershed Code was authored by Cabling while chair of the City Council committee on environment and natural resources.
In the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN on Sunday, August 3, Duterte nevertheless said he would order the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) to conduct an investigation on the report that a…
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